Middle School Course (receives high school elective credit)
80927B Gateway to Technology – Design & Modeling/Automation & Robotics
In this hands-on course, students learn how technology is used in engineering to solve everyday problems. This math, science, and technology integrated program relates technology to student’s daily lives. Design and Modeling will introduce students to the design process and use that process to show how solid modeling has influenced their lives. Students will also explore the history and development of automation and robotics while learning about structures, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. This mathematics, science and technology curriculum helps students develop and hone skills that enable them to enter high school with a foundation of the knowledge and skills necessary for success in pre-engineering. This is Plano ISD’s first “Project Lead The Way” course. PLTW is a nationally recognized program that promotes pre-engineering courses at the middle and high school/senior high level. Students will receive high school credit and high school grade points. This course may not be offered at all campuses. Please see the school counselor for more information.
Grade Placement: 8
Credit: 0.5 (1 semester)
High School/Senior High School Courses
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
This is the foundation course in a series of Project Lead The Way (PLTW.org) pre-engineering courses designed to introduce the students to the field of engineering and prepare the student to pursue a career in engineering. The major focus of the course is learning how to take an idea through a design process that will eventually be manufactured or produced. As you learn about various aspects of engineering and engineering design, such as how engineers communicate through drawing, you will apply what you learn through various activities, projects, and problems. You will use state of the art 3-D design software to help you design solutions to different design projects. Working in teams, you will learn about documenting your solutions, solving problems, and communicating your solutions to other students and members of the professional engineering community.
Grade Placement: 9-10
Prerequisite: Algebra I or concurrent enrollments in Algebra I
(was formerly titled POE)
This course is part of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW.org) preengineering sequence. Applying the principles of physics to various technology systems and manufacturing processes helps students learn how engineers and technicians use science, technology, and math in an engineering problem solving process. Topics covered include: mechanisms and mechanical advantage, static forces and bridge design, material properties, energy and power generation,thermodynamics, kinematics, fluid power, and creation of Robot C language programs for robotics and machine control. Successful
completion of both semesters of this course will receive science credit.
Grade Placement: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment and Chemistry or concurrent enrollment is required. Successful completion of Intro to
Engineering Design (IED) is recommended
Credit: 1 (science credit)
Digital Electronics (DE)
Digital Electronics is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. In contrast to analog electronics, where information is represented by a continuously varying voltage, digital signals are represented by two discreet voltages or logic levels. This distinction allows for greater signal speed and storage capabilities and has revolutionized the world of electronics. Digital electronics is the foundation of modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, and high-definition televisions. The primary focus of Digital Electronics is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Successful completion of both semesters of this course will receive math credit.
Grade Placement: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry is required. Successful completion of PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) or Engineering Science (POE) is required. Engineering Science (POE) is recommended.
Credit: 1 (math credit)
Aerospace Engineering (AE)
This PLTW course is designed for independent learners with strong analytical skills who have an interest in the field of aviation and are interested in pursuing an engineering career. Aerospace Engineering is the study of the engineering discipline which develops new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration. The course explores the evolution of flight, flight fundamentals, navigation and control, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, orbital mechanics, ergonomics, remotely operated systems and related careers. In addition the course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students will analyze, design, and build aerospace systems. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creativity, and application of the design process. Projects completed outside of the classroom are required for this course.
Grade Placement: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment; Physics or concurrent enrollment; PLTW Engineering Science (POE) or Introduction to Engineering Design (IED). Engineering Science (POE) is recommended.
Engineering Design & Development (EDD)
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout their PLTW Engineering coursework come together in Engineering Design and Development (EDD) as they work to identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution of their open-ended problem, ultimately presenting and defending their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards and develop a product. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process.
Grade Placement: 12
Prerequisite: Algebra II; Physics or concurrent enrollment; Introduction to Engineering Design (IED); Engineering Science (POE) or teacher recommendation in lieu of prerequisites.